World Whisky Day

Hilltop celebration for whisky and fine food

Neil BoydScotland’s World Whisky Day celebrations were launched in style with a special cask and pop-up restaurant at one of Edinburgh’s iconic locations.

Glengoyne distillery manager Neil Boyd and brand heritage manager Stuart Hendry joined chef Tom Lewis who brought his mobile restaurant from the Trossachs.

Guests were treated to breakfast and lunch comprising Scottish produce as well as a whisky tasting and bottling session with Mr Hendry.

Breakfast comprised whisky-poached Perthshire strawberries, smoked haddock and Inverawe salmon. The lunch menu included Cumbrae oysters, Isle of Mull scallops and Black Face lamb.

Mr Boyd, commercial director for malts at Ian Macleod Distillers, which owns Glengoyne, said: “We wanted to showcase Scottish produce in a location like no other.

“This is a global celebration of all things relating to whisky. Glengoyne and Tom Lewis have a very special relationship and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate.”

Tom LewisMr Lewis (right), owner of the Monachyle Mhor, said: “Whisky works well as an accompaniment to food. As part of the World Whisky Day celebrations, we wanted to show how well the two go together and treat our guests to a day to remember.”

World Whisky Day founder Blair Bowman said: “World Whisky Day started as a simple idea to encourage others to take as much enjoyment from whisky as I do.

“In five years, the event has grown to become the biggest celebration of the water of life on the planet.

“Enjoying whisky with food and in cocktails is a great way to introduce new people to this wonderful spirit and that’s why events like this are so important to the future of World Whisky Day and to whisky itself.”

  • Scotland’s international diplomatic corps gathered in Edinburgh last night to raise a toast to Scotch on the eve of the biggest ever World Whisky Day.

The first event took place in the Pacific islands of Kiribat and will be followed by hundreds more around the world tomorrow.

As part of the build-up, 20 Edinburgh-based Consular representatives from countries around the world – including key Scotch Whisky markets such as the US, France, Spain, India, Japan, Russia and Turkey – visited the Scottish headquarters of leading Scotch Whisky distiller Diageo for a special whisky event.

The Edinburgh Consuls General and diplomatic representative were hosted by David Cutter, Diageo’s President of Global Supply and Procurement, who paid tribute to the global success of Scotch.

Peter Hillier, Honorary Secretary of the Consular Corps in Edinburgh and Leith, said: “Scotch whisky is part of the fabric of Scottish life and it is also loved by people in countries all around the world, so we were delighted to be able to celebrate the success of Scotch for World Whisky Day.” 

Photo – top: Neil Boyd of Glengoyne (by Terry Murden); – above right: Tom Lewis (contributed); – below, consular celebration (contributed)

Photograph by Mike Wilkinson..19/05/15 Copyright photograph by Mike Wilkinson. Contact Mike on 07768 393673

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